Tough Love by Abby Denson
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"Abby Denson's teen romance has the simplicity and heart of a secret love note on lined composition paper."—Howard Cruse

"Abby Denson is a pioneer . . . doing something that few others have even thought of doing."—Manga News

Inspired by shounen-ai manga—melodramatic Japanese comics by girls about gay boys—Tough Love is a teen romance and coming-out story about a shy boy named Brian. More realistic than Japanese manga, this story centers on the relationships Brian develops with the boy he likes, Chris, and Julie, the girl who befriends him. Serious issues like gay bashing, suicide, and coming to terms with one's own sexual identity are depicted with an honest, gentle touch. Socially relevant, fun, immediately accessible, and a bit of a soap opera, Tough Love helps gay teenagers to be more comfortable with themselves and less troubled, especially when they’re feeling alone and misunderstood.

Abby Denson has been drawing and writing comics for XY magazine since 1996. She has also scripted comics for The Powerpuff Girls, The Simpsons, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Disney Adventures, and Nickelodeon magazine. She has a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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Published June 13, 2006 by Manic D Press, Inc.. 144 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Derived from Japanese boys' love comics (yaoi/shonen-ai), this tells the story of Brian, a newcomer to his suburban high school, and his budding romance with Chris, a classmate.

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